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Advantage is a free one-to-one wellbeing mentoring programme for 11-21 year olds, delivered at local football clubs.
How does it work?

Our mentoring sessions are led by you and what you want to talk about. You have a 1-hour individual session with your mentor once per week. You can stay in the programme for up to six months, or less than that if you feel you’re ready to move on – it’s up to you!


The mentoring session is an informal space to chat and connect. You might have specific goals that you want support with, or you might want to take some time to get to know your mentor and figure out some goals together. Your goals can be personal, educational, social, employment, or wellbeing related, or maybe something else! It’s completely up to you.

Who will my mentor be?

Mentors on Advantage are staff at the football club community organisation who have experience working with people your age and talking about the kind of issues or worries that you might have. We have mentors of different ages, genders and ethnicities so we are happy to listen to what kind of person you feel you might get along with.


Your mentor has had training in this kind of mentoring, but mainly they are focused on building a good relationship with you and getting to know what you would like to achieve from the programme. They are happy to tailor the sessions to suit what you want to get out of it, so feel free to let them know what you would like to talk about or what you would like support with.

Meet the club mentors....


I'm a the Mental Health Coordinator for the Liverpool FC Foundation. I love my job as I am able to offer young people support, advice and interactive sessions which helps them to build the skills and knowledge surrounding their mental health and wellbeing.


I enjoy helping local young people who need some support around their low mood and anxiety, to come up with coping strategies which can be used in their every day life.


I'm particularly proud when a young person I've supported goes on to another Liverpool FC Foundation programme and I see how well they're doing after my work with them.



I was born in Brazil and moved to the UK in 2001, always resided in East London and attended Rokeby School for Boys in Stratford before they moved it to Canning Town. Being immigrants, we had no knowledge of the support available to me as a young person, so most of the times I had to figure life out by myself.


I got involved in youth work to help as many young people as possible to know they are not alone, and there are many different support options for them.


Interests: Football (my favourite teams are Man Utd & West Ham), video games, psychology of team sports, world cuisines, travelling, meeting new people.


Vant Bastan

I was born in Colombia and moved to the UK in 1996. Growing up in some of the most gang ridden and poverty-stricken areas of South London, I realised at a young age that no matter language, race, religion, or creed, the one thing that brought us together was the love we had for the game and the respect we had for the coaches.


Being asylum seekers with no idea
of how things worked in this country, trial and error, mentors, youth workers and coaches played a pivotal role. I got involved in youth work/coaching to use football as a vehicle to help as many young people with a similar background. Football is a universal language that we can all speak…



I have worked with Arsenal since 2011, helping young people in the local community develop the skills and confidence they need to gain employment.


I have traditionally supported young people in deprived areas and those who’ve been in care, mentoring them and helping them to find and keep jobs.


Examples of what I do include teaching, interview skills, and helping to get CVs ready.


I am an Arsenal fan from 9-5 and a West Ham fan outside of that.



I believe we all benefit from having someone to listen, explore ideas with, and support our goals. Becoming a mentor allows me to offer my skills in this area and help individuals realise their full potential!


I am currently the EDI Manager but have always worked on programmes to empower young people, helping them gain skills, make connections, and have fun.


My passions include concerts and festivals, hitting the gym (low-key), boxing, and of course, eating! My essentials? My friends, my trusty phone, and a comforting bedtime tea.



I have always loved supporting others with their health and wellbeing, I have traditionally supported young people in deprived areas to support them in achieving their goals and aspirations.


I have always had an interest in coaching, I started coaching youth teams at the age of 18 and have continued until now.


I have a variety of interests including football, basketball, and anime.


Shouldn't really say this working for Chelsea but I am an big Arsenal supporter!

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​I have a background in education, but with a primary focus on Pastoral care.

Supporting young people with mental health and emotional wellbeing concerns was a large part of my role in the school, and it led me to realising that mentoring was something I wanted to be involved with full time.


My interests are quite varied, I love listening to and going to live music, calligraphy and being creative through art is also really important to me.


Obviously my favourite football team is Palace – how could I say anything else!?



I was born in Kabul and moved to London while I was 10 years old and claim asylum because of the war in Afghanistan. I grew up in West London - The place I call home,


At the start I found it hard to integrate into the school community, understanding the culture, people, the way things work. Although my teachers were very good, I felt if I had someone like mentor who understood both cultures it would have made life a lot easier.


I have now spent 10 years working with young people, helping them in their sport and careers leading me to have the experience where I can help them to overcome any situation that they get in.



Born and raised in West London I have supported young people for over three decades. I have worked across the UK and world on a number of projects and initiatives developing communities.


My philosophy as a multi sport coach is develop the young person not just the athlete. My personal journey through adolescence and sport has helped shape my working practice. Being the coach & mentor I needed as a young person but didn’t have. 

In my free time I love traveling, spending time with my family, learning other languages and keeping fit. 



I started as a participant at the age of 14,  at 18 I started volunteering and within a few months I became a casual member of staff. I was studying at university at the time and once I finished, I was offered a full-time job!


Over the years my role has changed but for the last few years I have been working with young people, supporting them with confidence building, self-esteem, personal development, behaviour, next steps in life and academic support.


I have a passion for helping people and making a difference within the community. I love to travel, I like watching movies and spending quality time with my loved ones. 



I’ve grown up in Southampton and was first involved with Saints Foundation 9 years ago. First as a participant when I was a teenager that needed support later as an apprentice and for the last 4 years.


I have now worked here in 3 different roles all supporting people of various ages and backgrounds. I’m very grateful for the support I’ve been given, and now I want to support young people in Southampton to overcome the challenges they face and work towards achieving their goals.

I love football, going to music festivals & gigs, comedy and cinema but most of all spending time with friends & family.



I am the Mental Health Coordinator for QPR in the Community Trust. I grew up in West London but I support Man Utd. Working in West London means a lot to me as I am able to give back to a community that I have always known.

I have been working with young people for the past 10 years. I really enjoy my work and helping others to overcome barriers and reach their goals.

My interests are football, food, music and visiting historical places. I have always had a fascination with different cuisines, but a good Sunday roast is my favourite meal.

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My job is to support the young people with any struggles or issues that may be weighing on them through regular contact and one-to-ones. 

I was born and raised in East London with one English and one Spanish parent. I did a Sports Degree and a Youth Work Masters whilst at University.  

I play and coach Field Hockey, I love to read, and enjoy a musical.

I am also a lifelong Arsenal fan and enjoy watching Arsenal and Leyton Orient matches at the stadiums, both the men's and the women's teams!



I'm an experienced football coach with over 10 years of experience after having achieved a degree in the field of Sport Psychology and Coaching.


I'm qualified as a Youth Worker, Mentor, Mental Health First Aider and as a Trauma Informed Practitioner. I've been a tutor for employability traineeships, as well as being an FA welfare officer for over 6 years.


My current role is PL Kicks Coordinator for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. I am most proud of the work we have done whilst at QPR Community Trust working alongside the bereaved and survivors of the Grenfell disaster.



I have a background in Therapeutic Play, which is imbedded in my practice as a Wellbeing practitioner. I have previously been a family support worker and worked for a charity that supports young people who are impacted by domestic violence and substance misuse. 

I am driven to support and normalise the discussion around mental health so young people feel empowered to reach out for help if they need to. I believe the first step is accepting our emotions, and not putting pressure or judgement on ourselves. 

I have also definitely become a Villa fan since joining the Foundation.



I am the Brent Kicks Coordinator for the QPR Community Trust and I am a Mentor for the Advantage programme. Working with young people in Brent is extremely rewarding as it's the area that I grew up in.


My passion is working with young people and seeing them develop into positive adults. I have been working with young people in the local community for 10 years


I was born in Brazil and I came to England at 5 years of age. I support Corinthians, which for me is the greatest club team ever.


My favourite player of all time is R9 the real Ronaldo.



I have always had 2 passions in life; sport and supporting others. My role at the Foundation means that I am able to do both of these things and I love it.

I am in the final stages of becoming a fully licensed Sport and Exercise Psychologist and have experience in helping support people to develop key life skills such as confidence, leadership, motivation and more.

Outside of work it’s no surprise that I love being active and have reached international level in two sports (you’ll have to find out which). My favourite movie is The Gentlemen and my favourite TV show is The Office (USA).



I have six years of experience overseeing mentoring programmes at Brentford but my journey in supporting young people stretches far beyond my time here. I chose the path of mentoring to nurture and develop young people in their chosen fields.


Overcoming personal growth challenges is what I'm most proud of and something that fuels my desire to support others.

Miami holds a special place in my heart due to it’s connection to my Hispanic heritage.

As a former aspiring footballer my idol was R9. Outside of mentoring I enjoy trading, hitting the gym, taking walks, and watching football matches.



I am currently the female gang’s worker for QPR and prior to this I have had a variety of roles, but my passion has always been around youth engagement and female empowerment. I have played football for QPR Ladies for the last few seasons as well as being a avid gym user. 

I have a keen interest in the London music scene and have been fortunate enough to also know a few local artists. I enjoy traveling and exploring new places.

I got involved in youth work to help as many young people as possible to know they are not alone, and there are many different support options for them.



I've been with Chelsea for over 13 years starting as a participant and am now staff! With a background in mental health work and a degree in sport psychology, I have a massive passion for supporting young people by helping them forge their own paths and lead positive lives.


I was born in South London to Colombian parents so I bring the Latino energy and passion to what I do! I am fully bilingual in Spanish and English and am immensely of who I am and where I come from.


I am a Chelsea fan through and through, and my idol growing up was Didier Drogba!



I've been part of Saints Foundation since 2019 after I finished my degree in sport and exercise. I’ve loved every part of my journey and feel lucky to have a job I enjoy.


Throughout my time in the Foundation I have supported participants with setting goals, developing healthier habits, and overcoming obstacles.

I enjoy working with young people and being able to support and guide them to achieve their goals. 

My interests include sport and exercise, comedy, science and documentaries.



I have mentored for the past 3 years, working with a multitude of ages, and have always found it rewarding helping those who need it. I got involved with mentoring as I like to give young people many ways to know they are not alone, and to be there as a support system for them.

I have been a competitive netballer for 10 years playing in local and regional leagues. Netball has always been my outlet for support, and somewhere where I have excelled and realised my true self.


My interests are watching Netflix (all day, every day!) and watching women’s football especially Arsenal women’s.



I grew up in West London and went to schools within the area, I am the eldest of 3 siblings, with 2 younger sisters! I am 21 years old and have been coaching and working with young people for 5 years!


My interests are football, music and watching TV shows and films. My favourite Tv show is Suits, and my favourite film is The Dark Knight.


I have been watching football since a young age and whisper it - I'm a Spurs supporter -  with my favourite Spurs player of all time being Mousa Dembele!

Where do the sessions take place?  

The sessions can take place at the club and community arm's inspirational club facilities, online, on the phone or in a public place of your choice. You choose what type of session you would prefer.


Remember it’s your choice, and it’s important for us to meet you somewhere where it is comfortable and safe for you and us. 

What if I don’t get along with my mentor?

We try to make sure that everybody is matched with a mentor who they will have a productive working relationship with, but we understand if you have any concerns and we want you to feel comfortable raising them. You will always have the contact details of somebody at the football club community organisation who is not your mentor who you can contact if you have any concerns at all about the programme. You can also speak to whoever referred you to the programme.

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